With Warner Bros. recent announcement that we will be seeing the long-awaited Justice League film after Man of Steel 2 (tentatively titled Batman vs Superman), we took a look at some other properties DC plans to bring our way in the next few years.
We’ve already talked about the 10 DC Characters That Need Their Own Films a while back, and we’ve been following Batman vs Superman pretty closely. The Justice League announcement was expected and unsurprising, but an interesting report came along with the announcement, stating that DC and Warner Bros. have 9 films in development, in addition to Batman vs Superman and Justice League.
So what could those films be? The same report listed a few of the potential series in development, and we are going to take a look at those, and the rest of the potential DC films we’ve been reporting on for a while now. Looks like we finally might be seeing some interesting competition with Marvel’s upcoming phases of the MCU.
One of four movies announced in development is Metal Men, which is kind of a surprise. The Metal Men haven’t had a long-running series for quite awhile, and have only recently appeared in the New 52. Created by Dr. Will Magnus, the Metal Men are intelligent robots with specific personalities that go by the names of Iron, Lead, Tin, Platinum, Gold, and Mercury, each with the properties of their namesake. While the film would certainly offer a unique story and great visuals, the Metal Men lack the big budget draw that other DC characters could bring to the table.
Shazam, or the character formerly known as Captain Marvel, has been a rumored DC property for years. Billy Batson is just a kid, but with one magical word he transforms into the World’s Mightiest Mortal Shazam. It seems like a fitting time for WB to look to the Big Red Cheese for his big screen potential. We’ve even heard rumors that Dwayne “The Rock’ Johnson was interested in the role of Black Adam, who would be the villain of the piece. We know Johnson and WB are planning a big role for him, and Shazam just might be the film that brings the two together.
Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso’s 100 Bullets is a unique noir-y tale that draws heavily from pulp influences, historical events, and political themes to present an incredible story full of great characters. While the central story of the mysterious Agent Graves and his cases full of revenge draw readers in, it is the overall story of corruption and accountability that make this such a great series. While news of its development is interesting, we feel that 100 Bullets would work far better on the small screen.
Another series we feel would fare better on television is Bill Willingham’s Fables, which is the final film that was mentioned in the 9-film announcement. Fables is a very interesting story that takes the characters of fairy tales and folklore and integrates them with modern society, which results in fantastic storylines and even better characters. Unfortunately, the series has such a large scope that translating to a film might prove difficult, which would result in a less than favorable adaptation.
Now we will discuss some DC properties that were announced before Justice League and the 9-film revelation…
It was announced that Joseph Gordon-Levitt would be producing an adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s Sandman, alongside David S. Goyer, who is no stranger to comic book movies. Levitt is rumored to direct and star in the film as Dream AKA Morpheus, and it was also recently announced that Jack Thorne has been brought on to write the script based on Goyer’s pitch of the film. We actually couldn’t be happier to see this project make it through development this time, as an adaptation has been in the works for a while.
Dark Universe is the working title of Guillermo del Toro’s Justice League Dark film which has been rumored for a while now. Dark Universe is set to follow the characters of John Constantine, Zatanna, Deadman, Swamp Thing, and the Demon to name a few, in an as-yet undisclosed story. While the film has been in development for a while now, del Toro has stated that it is still high on his list of priorities, and they are waiting for a specific unrevealed writer to really flesh out the project. With Justice League officially on the docket it might be too long until we hear more from their supernatural teammates.
Now we will take a look at a properties that were announced as lower-budget films developed by David S. Goyer, which were planned to release alongside the big budget franchises. As there hasn’t been a lot of information from these rumored films yet, we will move quicker through these rumored films in development.
We have seen a few versions of Team 7 over the years, with the initial run taking place in the Wildstorm universe before it merged with DC and Vertigo in the New 52. After the New 52, Team 7 consisted of a number of characters that helped develop the new merged timeline, and featured members like John Lynch, Amanda Waller, Dinah Lance, and Cole Cash.
We’ve seen so many iterations of this team it’s hard to determine which version would make it to the big screen, although we have heard rumors of a Suicide Squad film for years. We have even seen their appearance in the small screen as a part of Arrow, though we would expect the film to vary greatly from the TV version.
Another character who has made a place for himself on the small screen is Slade Wilson AKA Deathstroke. Manu Bennett has played as the big bad of Arrow‘s second season, and his Deathstroke is an impressive adaptation. We do wonder how the TV version might change the big screen plans for the character, but it’s still a little too early to tell.
And finally, in an announcement that made Geek writer Amanda Broyles giddy with excitement, the corporate hero from the future, Booster Gold, was the last film announced as a part of David S. Goyer’s little corner of the DC Universe. It appears that Michael Carter and his stolen future tech might make it on to the big screen after all, despite his less than impressive appearance on CW’s Smallville.
Remember, this isn’t a wish list of movies we want to see, but a collection of the films Warner Bros. have ‘announced’ over the years that we are still waiting to see develop. Now that Justice League is officially on the books, it will be interesting to see which of these films in development end up making their way to theaters.
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